A cracked tooth is a common dental emergency, it is usually seen in patients who clench or grind their teeth. It could also be a result of the tooth anatomy itself, or based on how the bite is distributed along the arch when in function and from having very tight contacts from crowding. Teeth weakened by large, fractured, broken or leaking fillings can also contribute to a cracked tooth.
A dental crown that covers the tooth is considered the best treatment for a cracked tooth if detected early. If left untreated the crack could progress leading to increased pain and sensitivity to cold and hot food or drinks. It could also result in the loss of the tooth depending on the nature of the crack propagation in relation to the nerves within the tooth.
In some cases they may need root canal treatment prior to placement of crown. Also we would recommend using a night guard if you are known to grind your teeth. In some cases, if the tooth cannot be saved it will result in the removal of the tooth which can be then replaced with with dentures, bridges or a dental implant.
Contact us for emergency dentistry services, our team can assist you in preventing complications and avoid future episodes of pain.